Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile ★★

im not alone in thinking that it's an extremely weird choice to do the ted bundy story as like... Catch Me If You Can, right? i think the tone is meant to capture and have you align with the POV of the people that were charmed by him but it focuses so hard on framing these events as the escapades of a quirky, loveable con artist (ironically? i guess?) that by the time it finally gestures towards contextualizing the violence it doesn't really matter anymore. berlinger is clearly interested in the contradiction of the personable and the monstrous (and so am i) but by saving the latter for what plays like a twist (?) ending it never ends up investigating it meaningfully. the casting of efron is actually sort of inspired for what's trying to be done here tho, his performance almost single-handedly sold me on the whole thing but then jim parsons and john malkovich showed up to do their thing around it for some reason. i completely checked out when the fucking bazinga dude started performatively describing mutilated corpses of women and malkovich was still in character as the russian oligarch he plays on Billions.

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